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Gerard Basset MS MW

Gerard Basset MS MW – Guest Vice-Chair

Gerard is a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, and runs Hotel TerraVina in England’s New Forest. Gerard co-founded the Hotel du Vin chain, which he sold in 2004.

Originally qualifying as both a chef and a sommelier in his native France, Gerard’s career as a sommelier took off after he moved to Britain in the mid-1980s; since then he has been named Best Sommelier in the UK multiple times, was the Best Sommelier in the World in 2010 and received an OBE from The Princess Royal at Windsor Castle in 2011.